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Drink 614: Build the ultimate Columbus six pack

Mike Thomas



It’s been awhile since we first picked our choices for the six best beers the city has to offer. Since our first go, the number of great brews (and breweries themselves, for that matter) available in Columbus have exploded.

The rules of the game remain the same: put together a six pack of the beers you think best represent Columbus. The beers have to be brewed in the greater Columbus area, and they have to be regularly available, although not necessarily in bottles or cans.

Needless to say, limiting yourself to just six in a city with so much great beer is an almost impossible task. Nevertheless, here are our latest picks for the best six suds available right NOW:

Columbus Brewing Co. Bodhi
The king of IBU’s in the 614 wasn’t available year-round last time we played this game, but is now eligible thanks to increased production from Eric Bean and the wizards at CBC. Thanks for giving the people what they want!

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Look for fresh Bodhi hitting the shelves this week!

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Antiques on High Copacetic
The sour trend is in full effect, and with beers like this we’re confident it’s here to stay. While it may not be for everyone, Copacetic from Antiques on High is an awesome entry point for those looking to expand their palate beyond the usual hoppy suspects.

Land Grant Greenskeeper
This may be viewed as a “safe” pick, but sometimes you just need a go-to, crushable beer on these steamy summer afternoons. Kick back with a Greenskeeper Land Grant’s poppin’ party patio, and enjoy some refreshment from this Columbus staple.


Hoof Hearted Musk of the Minotaur
Any beer roundup would be seriously lacking without representation from one of those ever-popular, super dank, opaque creations known as “New England-style” IPAs. For our six-pack, we go straight to the local source for all things hazy with Hoof Hearted’s Musk of the Minotaur IPA.

Seventh Son Stone Fort
Just can’t take the bitter punch of IPA? Columbus craft brew still has plenty to offer. Take this oat brown ale from Seventh Son, which packs in plenty of complex nutty flavor without giving your tastebuds a beating.

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4 cans walk into a bar…

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Parsons North American Stout
Rounding out the ultimate Columbus six pack is the American Stout from Parsons North. Is it available Year-round? Probably, maybe? Even if not, we can bend the rules just this once to give malt-heads the balanced, chocolatey brew they deserve from this respected upstart brewery.

Now it’s your turn to tell us the six beers you’d include in your ultimate Columbus six pack. Keep it civil, and have some fun with it—cheers!

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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Regina Fox



In less than 10 years at its natural sunlight-soaked digs on N 4th Street, Wolf's Ridge Brewing has managed to become a place revered not only for brewing some of the best beers the city has to offer, but also for serving some of the best food.

What better time to experience them both than Restaurant Week January 20-25?

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Wolf's Ridge three-course menu before it was released to the public, and we think you're really going to like it.

First Course: Choice of baked brie, endive salad, or bread and butter

The endive salad offered depths with every bite: the brightness of the shaved pear, the fresh earthiness of the endive, the texture of the fennel, the crunch of the walnuts. But the star of this dish was certainly the pool of tangy, creamy blue cheese dressing hiding below the colorful mixture.

Second Course: Choice of salmon, grilled cauliflower, or pork tenderloin

Without a shadow of a doubt, I believe each one of the entrees offered during Restaurant week are slam dunks, but to me, the choice was obvious: pork tenderloin.

The three plump and pink cuts of pork were so tender, they could be easily cut with just a butter knife. The succulence of the meat played well with the sweet, nutty sunchoke puree, and rich smoked hazelnut butter. Like the french origin suggests, the demi-glace soaked into the tenderloin truly was the "icing" on top.

Third Course: Choice of cheesecake or fudge bar

If at the end of your meal you're feeling bright, light, and flirty, the cheesecake is for you. The toasted coconuts coating the mousse-like rum cheesecake, icy pineapple sorbet and orange marmalade will send your palate on an all-inclusive trip to the seaside.

Feeling a little more dense or moody? The punch of the espresso ice cream, thick chocolate bar, and sticky caramel crémeux will have you closing your eyes, and "mmm"ing through every bite.

At $40, the Wolf's Ridge Restaurant deal is quite possibly the best time to experience the creative, elevated menu. But, you and the other 900,000 residents of Columbus already know that, right? So, don't wait to make your reservation!

To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit

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Restaurant Week Sneak Peek: Pig out on amazing deal from Hoggy’s

Mike Thomas



Longtime fans of barbecue in Central Ohio will remember Hoggy's, the family-owned local barbecue chain which originally opened in 1991. Recent history saw Hoggy's step away from the restaurant game in favor of a thriving catering business. With a newly-renovated store on Bethel road, this OG Columbus BBQ joint is getting back in the retail mix.

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We recently stopped by Hoggy's to preview all the delicious goodness they've cooked up for Restaurant Week. With a deal this sweet, it's time you got reacquainted with this awesome, homegrown barbecue spot!

Restaurant Week Deal: Choose three meats, two sides, and your choice of cobbler or banana pudding, all for $15.

You read that right: THREE meats. While Hoggy's brisket, pulled pork, or pulled chicken are all solid choices, be sure that one of your trifecta of picks is the baby back ribs. These are truly some of the best ribs we've tried in town.

Bonus sleeper pick: we found Hoggy's wings to be exceptionally crispy and flavorful, serving as the perfect delivery method for their great BBQ sauces.

When it comes to sides, you really can't go wrong at Hoggy's. From the potato salad to the "cowboy style" baked beans, each side has the same home cooked flavor that you'd hope to find at a family cookout.

As long as you're treating yourself, don't be afraid to go double-starch in the sides department. The mac and cheese (with both penne and elbow macaroni) is a can't-miss, but then who in their right mind can can pass on cheesy potatoes?

If you have any room left for dessert, either of the available options will be sure to send you over the edge into a food coma. Hoggy's satisfying cobbler is served oven-hot, just like grandma used to make. Likewise, the decadent banana pudding is everything it should be and more, with a fluffy, creamy texture that is unlike anything we've seen elsewhere.

When it comes to Restaurant Week, Hoggy's isn't playing around. For $15, this is one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals on the entire RW lineup. Don't sleep—there will be time for that after you've stuffed yourself with sides, dessert, and all the delicious smoked meats you can handle!

To learn more about Restaurant Week January 20-25, visit

Comment your favorite BBQ side dish to be entered to win dinner for two at Hoggy's!

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New plant-based diner takes root in Downtown

614now Staff



From the people who brought us Eden burger comes a new plant-based diner sure to satisfy your hunger.

4th & State is a vegan cafe and diner located in the heart of downtown Columbus under the leadership of Chad Goodwin.

Click here to read more about Eden Burger

Featuring fare aimed at both breakfast and lunch, hours will soon be expanded to cover dinner service to coincide with the launch of the restaurant's beer and wine program.

Below are pictures of a few of the most popular breakfast items thus far:

4th & State is located at 152 E State St. and is open Monday through Friday from 7am- 3pm, and Saturday through Sunday from 9am- 4pm. To learn more, check out their Instagram.

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